By Mike Fickling

What makes art “art”? If you were to ask 100 people, you would probably get 100 different answers, especially from those among us who are not so artistically inclined.

What makes art “art”? If you were to ask 100 people, you would probably get 100 different answers, especially from those among us who are not so artistically inclined.

North Texan Mary Ellen Wehrli, an acclaimed artist for more than 50 years, realized that in order to make art appealing to more people you need to depict something that speaks to their heart. And what speaks to the heart more than a favorite pet? Capturing the personality of the beloved family dog, or getting all that “kitten cuteness” on canvas, proved to be a sure-fire winner.

Pet portraits are the perfect way to capture and preserve a treasured family memory, even of a pet from childhood. All Mary Ellen needs is a picture and she can transform that to a beautiful canvas portrait. Each portrait is original and as unique as the subject and can be a thoughtful way to help someone deal with the loss of a special pet.

And surprisingly, the cost is very reasonable, starting at only $150.

In addition to pet portraits, Mary Ellen has reintroduced her “Urban Living” series, specialty pieces depicting rabbits, cats, dogs, or other species housed in cardboard, or “house of cards,” habitats. Her unique perspective provides the viewer with not only the image of the subjects, but also their interplay, attitudes, and behavior.

An impressive collection of Mary Ellen’s works of art are scheduled to be on public display at Premier Gallery in Flower Mound during the upcoming Crosstimbers Art Guild Studio Tour, November 6, 7 and 8. In addition to her portraits on canvas, the show will feature her famous three-dimensional cardinals produced from repurposed aluminum, as well as her stunning multi-dimensional crosses.

Contact Mary Ellen

Examples of the entire scope of Mary Ellen’s work can be found daily at Premier Gallery, located on FM 407 in Flower Mound, and on her website. If you would like to commission Mary Ellen to create a special portrait of your favorite pet, you can call or email her.

For more information, contact Mary Ellen Wehrli at:
Phone: 972.800.7290
Email: mewehrli@gmail.com

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